- Westcliff Elementary School
FWISD Observes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
(Monday, May 3, 2021 ) -- Fort Worth Independent School District joins the nation in observing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May.
Throughout the month of May, the District’s Division of Equity and Excellence will host an online learning series celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander culture, achievements and contributions to the American story titled “Asian American Learning Series: Honoring and Celebrating Culture and History.” The division will share social media posts featuring videos, research and other resources for gathering a deeper understanding of Asian Pacific culture and division officials invite the community to join in learning alongside them.
Take part in the series and join the discussion at www.facebook.com/FWISDEquity.
The division kicked off the first week of the month Saturday, May 1 with a week of posts focused on perspectives of Asian American history.
“The importance of this learning series is to educate our community on the history, culture, stereotypes, and contributions of our Asian brothers and sisters,” an Equity and Excellence statement reads. “We stand in solidarity with our Asian American community and take this opportunity to connect and learn how we can better advocate and support.”
Equity and Excellence officials say that understanding the cultures that make up this country are vitally important because that understanding shapes our views and values. Building relationships with all people and understanding one another’s cultures creates solidarity, unity and a strong community and reminds us all of how much we have in common, according to division officials.
Throughout May, FWISD will also celebrate America’s rich Asian Pacific heritage through District social media posts, and Inside FWISD will publish resources for teachers and students.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates descendants from the continent of Asia and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. It originated as weeklong celebration first observed in 1979. The weeklong celebration was expanded to a monthlong observance in 1992.
“The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants,” according to a Library of Congress website commemorating Asian Pacific American heritage.
Learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at https://asianpacificheritage.gov/.